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WebSite X5 Free 10.0 makes website design simpler than ever

08 April 2013, Nick Peers

WebSite X5 v10.0Incomedia has released WebSite X5 Free v10.0, a major new version of its beginner-friendly web building tool for Windows. The app, which is also available in a number of paid-for versions, now boasts an integrated webserver for faster site previews, overhauled template gallery and HTML5 image galleries.

Changes to the program’s interface include better file management, whereby all files linked to a project are automatically copied so the originals are left untouched. Aside from the new integrated web server, WebSite X5 10 also replaces the default IE engine for browser previews with Chrome’s Chromium engine.

New visual controls are designed to make the program more intuitive and quicker to use and the app is now loaded dynamically, ensuring its resource demands are cut as well as loading more quickly.

WebSite X5 aims to make website creation as simple as possible.

The Template Gallery has been overhauled to make it easier to browse, and users can now edit default templates as well as more easily insert custom code into pages thanks in part to syntax highlighting in the program editor.

WebSite X5 also improves its structural map creation tools by allowing the home page to be treated like all other pages on the website, allowing users to search special pages and adding new methods for selecting pages on the map.

In terms of content creation, Flash-based galleries have also been dropped in favour of native HTML5 galleries, while movement and zoom effects along with image protection are handled by JavaScript rather than Flash to enhance compatibility with touchscreens. HTML5 is also implemented for video insertion and management, allowing WebSite X5 to claim full compatibility with all mobile devices. New objects include Social Network and Map, plus Guestbook, the latter of which isn’t available in the free version. The update is rounded off with improved project export and preview options.

The top-of-the-line Evolution version of WebSite X5, which costs €69.99 (around $92) also boasts several new business-friendly features: Advertising Message component for inserting ads into websites, Data Management section for the collection and collation of data submitted to user websites, and improved ecommerce optimisation (including Rich Snippets).

WebSite X5 Free v10.0 is available as a freeware download for PCs running Windows XP SP3 or later. More fully featured versions of the program are also available, with prices starting from €19.99 (around $26) for WebSite X5 Home 10.

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